Optional handwashing for restaurant workers? Tillis says he wouldn’t have a problem with it

In a question and answer session with the Bipartisan Policy Center on Monday, North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis told the audience that there are too many government regulations.

To illustrate his point, Tillis recounted a conversation with a constituent in his home district at a local Starbucks where an employee was exiting the bathroom.

“She says, for example, don’t you believe that this regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves you food is important?” Tillis recounted to the audience.“I said: ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says ‘We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom.’”

Tillis told the audience “the market will take care of it.”

Click on the image below to go to the full video carried on C-SPAN.

For more on the importance of handwashing by restaurant workers, visit this page from the Centers for Disease Control.

Tillis-Feb2 2015


  1. Carolyn Haywood

    February 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    So stupid. Requiring Starbucks to post a sign would be a government regulation. We have had “free market”… All it did was cause government to make regulations. If given free reign, business would drive wages to a pittance, rape and pillagage the earth and the atmosphere.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Well you either get rid of the regulation or not. No need to replace with another regulation. I am not in favor of getting rid of health rules, but the free market would take care of it when people realize you get sick going to a place and it goes out of business.

  3. John

    February 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is so funny. He actually used the words “common sense” when describing doing away with such “burdensome” health and safety regulations.

  4. ML

    February 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    But then you’d have to enforce the sign policy for informing people that your restaurant or cafe or deli is disgusting.

  5. JAN

    February 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I cannot believe this is being discussed! Handwashing is a HEALTH issue. Have these people not seen the sign in many public restrooms and most all hospital restrooms “Washing your hands is the first line of defense against getting sick.”

  6. david esmay

    February 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Breath taking ignorance from Tillis, unfortunately the regressive right is full of these morons.

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